Oliver Patrick: Two Point Five

Posted by Amy O. , Friday, February 3, 2017 9:12 AM

Our little guy is 2 1/2 already! His favorite things are milk, not finishing any meals, Creative Galaxy, Goldie & Bear, Paw Patrol, his family, changing his clothes throughout the day (usually from one set of pajamas to another), reading books, dancing, randomly making very big deals out of very little things, singing the Doxology, giving lots of hugs and kisses, and telling stories in which his brain is moving faster than his current vocabulary.

He has some pretty incredible manual dexterity, doing things that Vianne doesn't even do (though I'm starting to suspect she's just gotten away with handing them over to me for a little too long now) - like buttoning shirts and lacing velcro shoe straps through their holes.  He's very determined about these things and never wants help, even if he's struggling.

Some of his favorite things to say are, "I can do whatever I want!" and "I want one [something]. Only one, not two," he likes to clarify for us.

He definitely can switch on Terrible Two without a moment's notice, but for the most part, he's such a sweet, thoughtful, hilarious little person that the joy he brings us far, far outweighs any stress. Every day we feel like we get these glimpses of the little boy he's becoming and whisper goodbye to more of the baby he's been. He's constantly surprising us with what he knows and what he remembers and he loves to snuggle in bed and talk & laugh in the morning, which usually makes for a pretty sweet start to any given day.

And, let's face it, he really couldn't be any cuter...

November 2016

Posted by Amy O. , Monday, January 16, 2017 1:07 PM

The first week of November, we were still down in Pasadena and I am sorry to say that I awoke on the 1st with a terrible cold & sore throat and was miserable for the entire rest of the trip.  I'd had all these big plans for our time there, especially for all the time I was going to have to myself when the kids were off with Granma & Grampa ...o TV, read books, make stuff, do some research on Marie Durand, etc...and instead I spent that time in bed, blowing my nose and bingeing on Netflix, yuck.

And so, I also didn't take very many pictures. We did make it back to San Dimas, and our old dearly beloved library...

Vianne had a fun overnight at the hotel with Granma & Grampa, so this was the next morning while we were waiting for them to come pick up Oliver :-).
We also visited the majestic Pasadena Library for a little playtime.

We met up with Brandy & Luke, our former neighbors in San Dimas, at a park in La Verne for a fun afternoon of playing.
And we spent the last few nights at Uncle Lynn & Aunt Pat's house in Glendora.  The kids always love going there because it's tons of fun...

We finished off our trip with a family dinner at Pizza N' Stuff in La Verne.

Returned to Sacramento, to endure the awful election week, but enjoy the burgeoning sign of fall.

At last there were a sufficient amount of leaves on the ground to satisfy little V.

The second day of leaf jumping, the leaves were deemed too scratchy and blankets were brought in.
We had a robot parade to get the mail.  (Oliver says his r's like l's, so he was technically a lobot.)
A cold weather tea party!
And the month ended, much to Vianne's impatient delight, with the bringing-in-from-the-garage of the Christmas boxes, and while I slowly started to empty them, Vianne spent the last two days of November dressed like this...no pants, because the Grinch doesn't wear pants, telling us to imagine her covered in green fur, walking around with a bowl of glass shards (really pita chip pieces) to munch!  She definitely keeps us laughing, this girl!

 We also got our countdown-to-Christmas stockings hung up to be ready for December 1st!